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Tuesday, October 3, 2017 – Wardrobes for the Weekend – Lace Bralette

Tuesday, October 3, 2017 – Wardrobes for the Weekend – Lace Bralette

It is ever too early to start preparing for this weekend’s football game. I am so excited. Ms. Navasota and I have an opportunity to tailgate in the afternoon prior to the Texas Aggie Alabama game Saturday night. Maybe Ms. Navasota’s cousin KT will join us.

I dusted off the Beat Alabama Shrine last evening and begin lighting the candle when I say vespers. I realize the helmet, even with the JM autograph is of little value, but he is the only one to have Rolled back the Tide.

Ms. Navasota, Cousin KT and I want to blend in with the college coed crowd so we need an appropriate game day wardrobe. Just because it has been almost 50 years since we graduated from under grad school, we want to fit it toe to head.

I believe we three are able to produce the necessary cowboy boots. I mean we are all Native Texas so we have several pair.

We have had difficulty to finding Daisy Dukes cut offs in our sizes that show off our butt cheeks. It seems the stores do not carry our sizes of cut offs with elastic waists or in super stretch. I believe we have been able to make do with some jeans we had left over from George W.’s first term and a pair of pinkin shears. Those alligator teeth scissors.

I am going to skip bodice attire and focus on face and head-gear and save the bodice until last. Like boots, all Native Texas have a cowboy hat of some sort. Real cowboys and cowgirls have several hats – the high dollar beaver hat you wear to rodeo; the nice summer straw hat you wear in the summer; the hats you work it and the $2.00 hat you wear to costume parties.

This cheap cowboy hat is appropriate else it distract from the $250 Rayban Aviator sun glasses that adorn your face. Side bar: Being the more literary type, my $250 Rayban sun glasses are called “Gatsby” for the sign over the Optical Shop in The Great Gatsby and Cats That Support Aggies.

But back to bodice. I have purchased each of us a maroon lace bralette.

While it sounds like a cheap wine or a French dessert, it seems you wear this over your bra and it is supposed to function as a shirt or blouse. I honest to God do not know if this is the back or the front. We will have to experiment.

We will supply our own bras to wear under our lace bralettes. I suppose the bras I have with NIKE on them will not work. Oooh, I wonder if there is a bra that says BTHO Bama! I would so wear that.

I doubt you will be able to see us on television because we will be so blended in with the co-eds. I plan to wear my maroon bralette over my T-shirt.

Friday, September 29, 2017 –Snarky Friday College Football

Friday, September 29, 2017 –Snarky Friday College Football

Thirty days hath September and there were some games to remember and many to forget… But first.

The NFL debacle – IMHO – This should never have been an issue. The intrusion of the government into the corporate arena sets a dangerous precedent. Here’s what I’m thinking – the American citizens in Puerto Rico would die to have a cold drink of fresh water and electricity to even watch TV. Wait, the citizens just might die while waiting. So why?

Speaking of why? Why is THE University of Texas playing on a Thursday? Better yet, why is THE University even playing Iowa State? Even better, why is Iowa State even in the Big 12 Conference?

BEVO – Photo by Jill.

But BEVO’s Boys withstood the Cyclones 17-7. Please know that Iowa State is in the running for Ugly Uniform Award. The mascot is a weather pattern.

Tonight we have Miami and Duke on ESPN at 6:00 and USC and Washington State following. It is always fun to watch a Mike Leach team.

The Saturday Wake-up Call Games at 11:00 are:

New Mexico State and Arkansas on SECN – more Aggies for the Baconators. Did you know the New Mexico State mascot is named Pistol Pete?

  • Vanderbilt and Florida on ESPN – Did you know the ONLY altruistic endeavor by Commodore Vanderbilt was the establishment of Vanderbilt University?
  • Northwestern and Wisconsin on ABC. Yawn.

In the 2:30 time slot we find:

  • Baylor at Kansas State @ 2:30 on ESPN 2. This depends on which Bears show up in Manhattan. Could be interesting if the ones from last week take the field.
  • Georgia and Tennessee on CBS – Dogs again. UGA and Smokey. I don’t know if “Rocky Top will always be…”

Why? Why are the best games in the evening?

If any two teams should have a weather pattern as their mascot it should be Oklahoma State and Texas Tech. in Lubbock at 7:00 on Fox. Tortillas blowing in the wind.

Love my TT pic. Love you Little Sister. AXOs.

If Oklahoma State and New Mexico State should meet in a game, would it be Dueling Pistol Petes?

In the battle between Mississippi and Alabama ESPN will showcase:

  • Mississippi State and Auburn at 5:00. To the Bulldogs – you need a Big Solid Defense. To Auburn: Roll Tide.
  • Ole Miss and Alabama at 8:00 ESPN at Tuscaloosa – Hotty Toddy, but Roll Tide. Dear Coach Saban, Do not underestimate your opponent. The Rebels have nothing to play for except pride.

Sandwiched between the Battle of Mississippi and Alabama we find Troy University at Tiger Stadium in Baton Rouge to meet LSU at 6:00 in the last non-conference primer for LSU. Here is a primer on Troy: The Troy Trojans mascot is named T-Roy. He is one of those dressed up mascots. Troy University’s athletics nickname was the Red Wave until the early 1970s when the student body voted to change the name to Trojans. I am not going to ask why they changed to that. One can only hope the students and the state of Alabama were aware that Trojan refers to a warrior and not a birth control device.

The game of the weekend is the Texas A&M Aggies versus the South Carolina Gamecocks on the SECN at 6:30.That means crappy announcers live from Kyle Field. Things to watch for overall: Crappy announcers misprouncing small Texas towns, talking way too much and saying nothing. For the Gamecocks watch for Uncle Will Muschamp exploding at referees and players. For the Aggies watch for the explosive Captain Christian Kirk.

Other burning questions you must have are:

What is the mascot of South Carolina?

Cocky (mascot) Cocky is the costumed mascot of the University of South Carolina athletics teams. He represents a cartoon version of a gamecock (a fighting rooster).

Why is South Carolina’s mascot a Gamecock?

The University of South Carolina’s varsity sports teams are known as the “Gamecocks”. This unique moniker is held in honor of Thomas Sumter, a Revolutionary War hero from South Carolina who was nicknamed the “Carolina Gamecock” after British General Banastre Tarleton said Sumter “fought like a gamecock.”

Source: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cocky_(mascot)

What is the mascot of Texas A&M?

The mascot of Texas A&M University is Reveille. She is a beautiful and very real Collie and the First Lady of Aggieland. She is prettiest mascot in her category in the NCAA mascot contest.

Source: NCAA and every Texas Aggie on the planet.

Native Texan Wall: Texas Monthly Cover signed “To Delia; Ann Richards.” FYI – I also have George W’s signature signed “To Delia Best Wishes George W. Bush.

Since we started the day with politics, let us end it with politics. When former Governor of Texas, Ann Richards, was campaigning for her first term, she and her staff were flying to The Valley on a campaign trip. One of her staff members asked: “Miss Richards, the people will want to know where you stand on cock fighting.” Miss Richards replied “To be honest, I never met one that I wanted to fight with.”

BTHO South Carolina.

Wednesday, September 27, 2017- From the File: Don’t Remember – History/ Doomed to Repeat it. 1969.

Wednesday, September 27, 2017- From the File: Don’t Remember – History/ Doomed to Repeat it. 1969.

What is wrong with We, the People?

If you are watching the Ken Burns and Karen Novik PBS Series The Vietnam War then you know we have done this before. Ask me, I was there. I was 20 years old. I saw US divided. I saw US protesting for and against. I saw US yelling and hating. I saw US killing each other in the streets and villages in places with foreign names and in places like Ohio. There was no way one could not be caught up in the times in some way.  Yes, I still have my protest buttons. “Old enough to fight; old enough to vote:” Thank you great nieces and nephews!

Sometimes in watching each episode of The Vietnam War I think, the only difference between then and now is high definition, digital television and sound.

How did the story end then? President Richard Nixon resigned in scandal for lying among other impeachable offenses. I bet he was even lying about the damn dog, Checkers, and Pat’s “good, Republican, cloth coat.”

I do not know how the same song/second verse of history will end this time. But, HWIT, I do not think the continued division over football is worth US being divided.

Like then: like now – How can people be so heartless? We, the People, need to focus on other issues.

Tuesday, September 26, 2017 – It’s Voter Registration Day

Tuesday, September 26, 2017 – It’s Voter Registration Day

Today is voter registration day. If you sincerely want to see change, then register to vote and exercise your privilege to cast you ballot.

Meanwhile back in the chaos. It is not about the flag. It is not about disrespecting the United States. It is about supporting the Constitutional right guaranteed by the First Amendment as “the right to protest.” Do not confuse dissent with disrespect.

Rosa Parks was not protesting the buses or the transportation system. Gandhi was not protesting junk food. Martin Luther King was not walking through the South for the soul food.

I hope you are registered to vote. Be thankful that we live in a country where we have the rights expressed in The United States Constitution.

Meanwhile I am taking the day off and taking a knee.

Should have been a constitutional lawyer.

Beyond here, there be dragons. Photo by me. Austin graffiti wall – 2013

Monday, September 25, 2017 – My Monday After College Football Awards

Monday, September 25, 2017 – My Monday After College Football Awards

Things begin to get serious for teams I like and teams that play teams I like. There are few cupcake games on the schedule. Defensive and offensive units begin to solidify. We hope.

Let us begin with Poopy Undies Awards. This is given to the fans of teams who need a change in undergarments due to their team’s performance. The first award goes to the Fighting Texas Aggies for once again defeating the Arkansas Razorbacks in overtime. How many times now Hogs? Doesn’t matter the South Carolina Chickens are coming to College Station.

Poopy Undies Awards must be awarded to the fans of Oklahoma and Baylor. To go with your Poo Poo Undies Award, OU, you also receive The Never Under Estimate your Opponent Award.

Boomer Sooner Baylor Bust. Photo by Debbie

While we are giving bodily function awards, let us proceed to the Pepto Bismal Awards for upsets.

  • Florida – 28 Kentucky – 27 – Gator kick field goal to win as time expires. Basketball season begins soon!
  • Florida State 21 NC State 27- Good bye to the Top 25 for the Seminoles.
  • TCU – 44 Oklahoma State -31 – Pissed Off Pistol Pete in Stillwater. Frogs rising and making things interesting in the Big 12.

The Southern Ladies Arts and Crafts Ideas for During Game Award goes to those who endured the Mississippi State loss to Georgia. Bully 3 and UGA 31.

Ladies, may I suggest implementing a Cursing Jar on game day? This is for those whose language often becomes colorful when one is forced to utter expletive deleteds as he or she watches in horror as their alma mater has no defense and no offense. With each play, drop a quarter into a plastic jar. Jars should be plastic to avoid breakages when thrown at the television.

This Curse Fund can add up quickly. During the Texas Aggie/UCLA game I made five dollars during the fourth quarter alone. Variations may include quarters for one syllable curses; two quarters for compound words; and a $1.00 for compound words and phrases questioning one’s religion and one’s birth mother.

The only Big Solid Award for Defense goes to Texas Aggie Armani Watts for intercepting the pass in the end zone to end the game in OT and seal a victory for the Aggies.

To the official from The Hellen Keller School of Officiating, we give the Right Foot Wrong Foot Award. This is given for calling the Aggie QB out of bounds when it was actually the defender who was out of bounds. Does the “S” stand for Sightless?

Photo by Barrett Sallee, from Twitter.

The last awards are the fashion awards. First the team – to Baylor. Not exactly ugly, but the black and gold lame (pronounced “lay may”) numbers did not work for me. But hey, if works, then keep on wearing. Also, do you know how long it took me to find out how to spell lame? And now I can’t find the little punctuation thing show it is French prounced‘lamay’ and not ‘lame’ as the team was before.

The final fashion award for Worst Dressed goes to Arkansas Coach Bret Bielema. Yes, that sweat shirt made you look frumpy. It looked like a last minute pick up off the floor fashion decision. Show some dressing!

I apologize for no awards to the Biggies this week as each had no trouble with their opponent – Alabama, Ohio State and Clemson. Here’s a Dr. Pepper and boys’ medium shirt from Larry, Doug Flutie and Boston College.

I wonder if South Carolina will take the mascot to the Dixie Chicken next Saturday. BTHO South Carolina. Maybe we’ll tailgate. I’ll bring chicken tacos!

Tuesday, September 19, 2017 – Ken Burns and Karen Novik – The Vietnam War. Sometimes Known as The Vietnam Conflict.

Tuesday, September 19, 2017 – Ken Burns and Karen Novik – The Vietnam War. Sometimes Known as The Vietnam Conflict.

I am calling attention to my blog post from Sunday regarding the PBS programming of Ken Burn’s and Karen Novik’s documentary – The Vietnam War. https://drdrd85.me/2017/09/17/sunday-morning-september-17-2017-vietnam-and-constitution-day/

If you are not watching this series you should be. If you are watching, then you know it is powerful, painful and critically important to watch.

Tonight is Episode 3. Here are some reactions I saw on Facebook that I paraphrased from Episodes 1 and 2 and then I added a few of my own. Feel free to share any of your thoughts.

From Episode 1.

Evans: I did not know it went back to the 1940’s.

Me: I did not know that of the first two names on the Vietnam Wall noting their death that one was from Texas – Copperas Cove.

Episode 2

Smith: I learned things I never knew – disturbing and relevant to today. Dammit.

Jones: I was shocked, but not surprised about the lack of communication from the OSS/CIA, Ho Chi Minh, John F. Kennedy, the US Congress and of course the American People.

Several people: I wonder what the outcome might have been if those communications had reached the intended parties and the U.S. pulled out and backed Ho Chi Minh?

Museum of the American G. I. (19124 Highway 6) South College Station, Texas. Permanently housing the Texas Vietnam Heroes Exhibit. The name on the tag is Ralph Smith. Photo by me.

The black tags mark those MIA.

Me: who actually taught the Vietnam Unit in high school and college: I did not know Ho Chi Mihn’s history. While I remember seeing the monks set themselves on fire on the evening news, I did not know the cause behind them. I did not know it was a Catholic minority ruling a majority Buddhist country. Then again the Catholics are the church that gave history The Inquisition and invented burning at the stake. Or was it The Crusades trying to convert everybody to Christianity?

There are 10 episodes to The Vietnam War. Last evening’s episode ended with the assassination of Diem. History people know who was behind the assassination, but perhaps others are just learning. This could have been such a huge turning point. What if it went down like this? OK, Ho, we got Diem out of the way. It is all yours to unite your country and its culture. We are leaving.

Something that stood out for me last evening was this quote from one of the many Marines who bravely served and is providing narratives. It seems to describe a pivotal point in history.

“We were the last generation to believe our government would not lie to us.”

Last Sunday was U. S Constitution Day. I wonder if in tonight’s episode we see how The Constitution played into this history with the Gulf of Tonkin incident and why the Vietnam experience is of often noted as a “conflict” and not a “war.”http://kenburns.com/films/vietnam/

 

Tuesday, September 19, 2017 – Ken Burns and Karen Novik – The Vietnam War. Sometimes Known as The Vietnam Conflict.

Tuesday, September 19, 2017 – Ken Burns and Karen Novik – The Vietnam War. Sometimes Known as The Vietnam Conflict.

I am calling attention to my blog post from Sunday regarding the PBS programming of Ken Burn’s and Karen Novik’s documentary – The Vietnam War. https://drdrd85.me/2017/09/17/sunday-morning-september-17-2017-vietnam-and-constitution-day/

If you are not watching this series you should be. If you are watching, then you know it is powerful, painful and critically important to watch.

Tonight is Episode 3. Here are some reactions I saw on Facebook that I paraphrased from Episodes 1 and 2 and then I added a few of my own. Feel free to share any of your thoughts.

From Episode 1.

Evans: I did not know it went back to the 1940’s.

Me: I did not know that of the first two names on the Vietnam Wall noting their death that one was from Texas – Copperas Cove.

Episode 2

Smith: I learned things I never knew – disturbing and relevant to today. Dammit.

Jones: I was shocked, but not surprised about the lack of communication from the OSS/CIA, Ho Chi Minh, John F. Kennedy, the US Congress and of course the American People.

Several people: I wonder what the outcome might have been if those communications had reached the intended parties and the U.S. pulled out and backed Ho Chi Minh?

Museum of the American G. I. (19124 Highway 6) South College Station, Texas. Permanently housing the Texas Vietnam Heroes Exhibit. The name on the tag is Ralph Smith. Photo by me.

The black tags mark those MIA.

Me: who actually taught the Vietnam Unit in high school and college: I did not know Ho Chi Mihn’s history. While I remember seeing the monks set themselves on fire on the evening news, I did not know the cause behind them. I did not know it was a Catholic minority ruling a majority Buddhist country. Then again the Catholics are the church that gave history The Inquisition and invented burning at the stake. Or was it The Crusades trying to convert everybody to Christianity?

There are 10 episodes to The Vietnam War. Last evening’s episode ended with the assassination of Diem. History people know who was behind the assassination, but perhaps others are just learning. This could have been such a huge turning point. What if it went down like this? OK, Ho, we got Diem out of the way. It is all yours to unite your country and its culture. We are leaving.

Something that stood out for me last evening was this quote from one of the many Marines who bravely served and is providing narratives. It seems to describe a pivotal point in history.

“We were the last generation to believe our government would not lie to us.”

Last Sunday was U. S Constitution Day. I wonder if in tonight’s episode we see how The Constitution played into this history with the Gulf of Tonkin incident and why the Vietnam experience is of often noted as a “conflict” and not a “war.”http://kenburns.com/films/vietnam/

 

Sunday Morning, September 17, 2017 – Vietnam and Constitution Day

Sunday Morning, September 17, 2017 – Vietnam and Constitution Day

Tonight PBS stations will air the Ken Burns and Lynn Novik documentary Vietnam. It will be difficult to watch. But We, the People must watch. It will be especially difficult for those of us who lived it one way or another. For those who have no memory of this time period it is imperative that you watch.

We must revisit a time of protests, angst, upheaval and change in order to understand the protests, angst, upheaval and change that We, the People are experiencing today.

It was a time of unpopular leaders in an unpopular conflict in a foreign place exemplified by protests of “Hey, Hey, LBJ, How many kids did you kill today?”

It was a time of water hoses and attack dogs in our streets with “Burn, Baby Burn” slogans against our fellow Americans because of the color of their skin and ignoring the content of their character.

It was time of flag burning and flag waving and multiple crises of The United States Constitution addressing First Amendment Rights.

News about Vietnam came into our homes every evening on the social media of the day – television. Families sat down at the dinner hour to watch Vietnam on the evening news. Today we have 24/7 cable TV and other social media to keep us divided.

The Vietnam Conflict was considered the most consequential, divisive, and controversial events in American history probably until today.

Perhaps it is not ironic that today, September 17 is also Constitution Day

http://www.constitutionday.com/

On this day citizens are asked to read and reflect on The United States Constitution in its entirety. I suspect only history and government geeks like me will read the document from We, the People to the last signer, Gouv Morris.

If you only have three minutes, check out the video and sing along to one of the best learning programs ever – School House Rocks. Remember it is WE, the People of THE UNITED STATES of American Not just the few.

We were divided once. We are divided today. The Constitution worked during the years of turmoil of the years reflected by the Vietnam decades and it will work today.

https://youtu.be/yHp7sMqPL0g

 

Wednesday, September 13, 2017 – Words, Quotes, Twitter and Education

Wednesday, September 13, 2017 – Words, Quotes, Twitter and Education

Eclectic Wednesday. I do not feel inclined to write anything coherent with transitions so I will do what we, the recovering bureaucrats, used to call “the bureaucrat ramble.” Keep reading and hopefully you will find something that moves you.

I was told early on from two fabulous high school English teachers (Wanda Traugh and Marge Burnside) that I could write. Eventually one believes that you can and you overcome the fear of showing your words to the world.

Remember my goal everyday with HWIT is to make at least one person smile and/or think. That does not mean you like what is written or even agree with it. In fact I enjoy those brave enough to say “I don’t like what you wrote today.” This includes family members and friends.

Here are some of my favorite quotes by some of my favorite writers.

“The idea is to write it so that people hear it and it slides through the brain and goes straight to the heart.” Maya Angelou

“Either write something worth reading or do something worth writing.” Benjamin Franklin

Since it is National Peanut Day let us thank those of peanut fame; George Washington Carver, Former US President Jimmy Carter, and Peter Pan. Although we all know that choosy mothers choose JIF.

Speaking of Jimmy Carter, POTUS # 39, offered these words of advice to POTUS # 45 today –

“Keep the peace, support human rights and tell the truth.”

That seems to be good advice for everybody on a daily basis. And it will fit into a Twitter message.

Paraphrasing Dr. Strangelove or How I Stopped Worrying and Love the Bomb, I could say “How I stopped worrying and love Twitter.” Actually I don’t love or even like Twitter, but with one little tweet I went from about 30 followers to 108 in two days with more RT’s, (Retweets) Likes, Hearts and favorable emoji characters than anything I tweeted in over three years.

The tweet? It was a response to Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos – aka known as Betsy DeVoucher.

“Usually when one is in charge of the educational institution he or she has an education and understands the issues. You have neither.”

In a previous lifetime I interacted with the office holder of the position of Secretary of Education and his or her staffs on a weekly basis and annually in person. These individuals regardless of political party affiliation had one thing in common – The improvement of public and parochial schools and institutions of higher education. The letters before my name mean I am qualified to make that statement regarding the current Secretary of Education.

May 1985 – Hooding at Texas A&M Graduation = Three stripes on the sleeve, a baby blue color “hood” and flat hat with strings on the side.

“Writers are not here to conform. We are here to challenge. We’re not here to be comfortable-we’re here, really to shake things up. That’s our job.”     Jeanette Wilson

Tuesday, September 12, 2017 – The First Space Race, Educational Reform and the Second Space Race

Tuesday, September 12, 2017 – The First Space Race, Educational Reform and the Second Space Race

Today I am wearing my doctor hat – the flat one with the string on the side.

To: Dr. A., Dr. B., Dr. C., and MRS. DeVos. Yes, the letters mean nothing if you have them and everything if you don’t.

If I have thought of this, surely someone else has. Evidence continues to point to the Russians hacking the 2016 Presidential election. They (whoever “they” are) have reported “The Russians could not have done it without American help.”

Here’s what I’m thinking. The Russians, formerly known as Soviets, beat us to the Space Race so what makes you think they did not beat the United States in the Cyber Space Race?

I was eight and a half years old on October 4, 1957. CBS was one of only three TV stations at the time. My parents and I watched a talking head on a black and white television. The news person said “The Soviet Union successfully launched Sputnik I. It is a satellite that orbits the earth.”

My mother burst into tears and my father left the room, as was his custom, to go ponder what he had just heard.

The United States was caught off guard. The Soviets might have the capability to launch nuclear weapons from Europe to the U.S. The Soviets were way ahead of us technologically. The Space Race had just begun and the Soviets blasted out of the blocks like rockets. Pun intended.

As a result of Sputnik I and the continued Soviet space successes, the United States launched a reform of the educational institution requiring that science be taught at all grades from Kindergarten through high school. Opportunities for advanced sciences were to be offered at all levels of college from baccalaureate to postdoctoral studies.

It was imperative that public schools, colleges and universities teach sciences of all disciplines to surpass the Soviets. Significant funding for science education was made at all levels. To even catch the Soviets, we needed to grow scientists, math people, engineers, astronauts and all types of technical minds and WE DID! The United States ultimately surpassed the Soviets when Neil Armstrong took the one step for man, one giant leap for mankind in 1969 when he stepped on the surface of the moon.

The Russians caught us again with our rockets down when they hacked the election. It is time for the Cyber Space Race and the educational reforms necessary to create the scientists, mathematicians, engineers, computer specialists, and cybernauts to once again surpass the Russians. It is time to adequately fund programs such as STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) programs at all levels. http://www.stemedcoalition.org/

It is time for MRS. DeVos to create funded mandates to encourage and engage learners at early ages to appreciate, enjoy and learn science of all types from frogs to physics. It is time to create the learning environments, including after school programs in public schools, that foster the necessary people to conduct research, to create new frontiers and to educate others with real data-driven research sciences and not the junk sciences currently in vogue and subscribed to by a backwards looking administration.

It is time, MRS. DeVos, to start planning for their future and quick sticking them with ours. It is time to boldly go and split our infinitives and educate the right people with the right stuff to win this Cyber Race.

Read about Sputnik I – https://history.nasa.gov/sputnik/

Hear the CBS broadcast about the Sputnik I https://youtu.b

e/dO33bvFbUCU